11 March 2021
Twitter has announced the expansion of Spaces beta testing to Android devices. It is a limited beta testing as Twitter is currently limiting Android users to joining and talking in existing Spaces. It says that the ability to create their own Spaces on Android will become available soon in the future. A specific date for that expansion has not been revealed yet.
The Spaces feature originally debuted on the iOS platform. It is a Clubhouse-like functionality where users can create and join rooms and interact in audio-only mode. It means they can participate from anywhere without having to worry about how they look or how their background/surrounding like it happens with video calls.
Android folks, our beta is growing! starting today you will be able to join and talk in any Space. SOON you’ll be able to create your own but we’re still working out some things. keep your 👀 out for live Spaces above your home tl— Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) March 2, 2021
Since its early days, Twitter has been very cautious with the rollout of Spaces. This is the reason even though the feature is available on iOS for quite some time, only a few selected users are allowed to host rooms. All other iOS users can only join and talk in already existed rooms. It seems like the team wants to keep control over the expansion to better gauge the user response and to ensure that it gets valuable feedback as much as possible.
Twitter appears to be committed to the audio-only mode of communication. Other than Spaces, it has also updated the platform to support audio tweets and audio messages in DMs. Both of these features are available to randomly selected users but their reach is bigger than Spaces. As we said in the beginning, audio ensures that users can respond instantly which is not only faster and more convenient than typing but also eliminates the need for being "ready" to reply with a video.